The fishing Lodge,Solihull, Tusses Tackle, Coventry

marcusp

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Another two gone this week after 40 plus years of trading. Worying times for the future of indipendent tackle shops. I guess they cant compete with the likes of Angling Direct but you wont get the quality bait or service from mail order or Angling Direct.
 

Gussyg

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nobody buys serious tackle from these little independents anymore...
If they can't survive selling bait and terminal tackle then it's bye-bye
 

Silverfisher

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Both the tackle shops I use are doing well as far as I can see. The most local one caters mostly for carp and predator fishing so they have a very dedicated following from those scenes and they do well on part exchange and selling second hand as well whilst they have enough terminal gear and non carp baits for me as well. The other shop does well out of the Thames scene mostly from the match boys as they have everything you could need for river fishing. There is a couple more shops as well, one that I’ve only been in a few times but he seems to do well as he has just about everything covered, never been to the other one though as it’s a sod to get to. Still 4 independent tackle shops seemingly all doing well within 15 miles of me is pretty good by national standards.
 

bigmac1

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I believe that tusses in Coventry has closed due to the owners retiring rather than it not making money, and as the shop was connected to there house it meant they couldn't sell the business without moving house.
 

Ken the Pacman

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There are a few shops put up for sale because the owner wants to retire and a year or two passes without serious enquiries so during this time the stock tends to get run down accelerating the time to shutting it down for alternative use.
Few people actually want to buy a running shop these days other than AD it seems as most will come with the stock of the previous owner and its as easy to set up a new shop anywhere if you have the cash as precious few of the companies will refuse an account on proximity to an existing shop alone.

Majority of the few people who do look at buying an existing shop then find that the banks/ finance side of things is not easily available unless you can put your house up as security and often just do not understand how much the stock is going to cost them to begin with.
Its generally true that you can manage 80% of your turnover with something less than 50% of the total existing stock in any tackle shop as there are things that sell every day over and over but also things that can take years to sell unless you dump it on Ebay or similar.
The viability of any shop is degraded by many things but the owner needs to retain their enthusiasm for the sport, many have lost the plot as they see regular trade seeping away year on year and more have found that the dropping turnover just will not pay the bills anymore so to continue is slow motion suicide and the plug has to be pulled before somebody pulls it for you and as a result many existing shops are officially or unofficially available for sale.

The evolution of the trade continues to speed up partly because of the above and several other things like, anglers choice to obtain product outside the trade at more or less wholesale prices in the case of bait, its easy to google something you fancy and with a few clicks it might be on its way next day if the company advertising it actually has it in stock in the first place, individuals specialising in certain product lines and flogging them out of their front room all contribute to the reduction in high street tackle shops to the point that I can see a time when there will be more shops on fisheries than on the high street,an awful lot of todays anglers would not miss them at all as they no longer need to visit a shop every week.
The big box stores work on the assumption that there are millions of anglers out there so custom is guaranteed but the fact is that angler numbers are reducing year on year every year so there will be a point when their overheads will bite them badly because turnover is useless without profit and then they blame the rest of the trade for stepping up discounting and reducing their profits :LOL: Fact is that less traditional shops means less anglers as they will not be brought into the sport in the way that I and the majority of the anglers who read this were in the past but I suppose there is always Youpube.

Its a time of change in so many ways and it is of course a personal choice for the individual where and when they spend their hard earned cash and no blame can be attached to people for doing that as its human nature to save a quid if they can plus it would be hypocritical in the extreme to suggest that nobody other than established shops should be allowed to sell fishing tackle,the sources are too varied and the world is a big place if you know where to look for stock but what does worry me is that the numbers of anglers will start to reduce quicker when they no longer have a traditional shop to visit, of course they can nip into Sports Direct and grab what they think they need but nobody will tell them if its right or wrong choice or there is always Amazon etc. its a sad state but as I said earlier its evolution.
 

Beadsy

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Sign of the times unfortunately. The big boys have their place but I still use my local shop as much as I can. The Fishing Lodge was my local shop for many, many years from when it was opened on Coventry Road by Dave Lodge and Brian Robinson in the mid 70’s until I stopped fishing for a few years around 2000 (also moved out of the area). Used to buy all my gear there, only going elsewhere when they couldn’t get it for me.
 

marcusp

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I believe that tusses in Coventry has closed due to the owners retiring rather than it not making money, and as the shop was connected to there house it meant they couldn't sell the business without moving house.
I think its more the fact the tackle shack has taken all their business hence the owner now working full time in another job not connected to fishing
 

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